Illinois man accused of theft, weapons charges


CLINTON — An Illinois man, whose residence along Illinois 84 north of Fulton is the site of a state and federal investigation, is accused of theft and multiple weapons charges in Iowa.

Robert L. Poore, 42, is charged with two counts of unauthorized possession of offensive weapons, a Class D felony; one count of possession of firearm suppressor, a Class D felony; two counts of third-degree theft, an aggravated misdemeanor; and one count of carrying weapons, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is charged in a separate case with one count of possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor. Attorney Joel Saldivar is appointed to represent Poore. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. April 5.

According to the affidavit, at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, a Clinton Police Department officer discovered Poore sleeping in a vehicle left running in the Subway parking lot at 807 N. Second St. The officer reported that Poore was slumped over in the vehicle, and that Poore was breathing and asleep.

The affidavit states that at 9:53 p.m. another officer arrived to assist and investigate a possible intoxicated driving offense. When Poore stepped out of the vehicle, an officer saw a hammer protruding from Poore's right rear pocket and a large flashlight protruding from Poore's left rear pocket. An officer conducted a pat down of Poore, citing the hammer and flashlight could be used as a weapon and Poore's alleged agitated state. Poore acknowledged that he was armed.

Officers located six loaded handguns concealed on Poore. Two of the handguns had the slide of the handguns modified so the slide would not lock back. A functions check revealed once the trigger was pulled and held on each gun, the slide would react back and come forward, firing another round without pulling the trigger a second time and would continue to fire as long as the trigger was held or until the magazine ran out of bullets. Poore also had six speed loaders, a total of 25 loaded magazines, four knives and a pipe with burn marks and containing white residue, consistent with methamphetamine use. Poore admitted there were more guns in his vehicle but was not sure how many.

Officers seized the vehicle in order to apply for a search warrant. The immediate area around the driver's seat was searched. A loaded Ruger .22 caliber handgun with what appeared to be a homemade suppressor was located under the driver's seat. The suppressor device attached was constructed to silence or muffle the sound of the handgun being fired. Poore did not have a firearm suppressor certification.

A search revealed seven more rifles. One rifle had a homemade suppressor attached. A second homemade suppressor was found in a box of ammunition. One weapon was reported stolen from Whiteside County. A second weapon was reported stolen from Carroll County, Illinois.

Poore resides at 23718 Waller Road, Fulton, where local, state and federal law agencies since Wednesday have been combing the property after executing a search warrant.

Authorities have not commented on that search.